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John Mayer praises Miley Cyrus new album as 'whack genius'

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Miley Cyrus hosted and performed on Saturday Night Live this weekend, and it seems the gig earned her a new — or, at least, newly public — fan. Singer-songwriter John Mayer tweeted out his endorsement of Cyrus on Sunday night, quoting one of the songs off her new album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, before noting that he’s “totally transfixed” by it.

“This is why I love music,” Mayer continued. “You can be one artist one year and the next discover some crazy light inside yourself and shine it everywhere. … You can’t try to make something like this. You just tap the vein and don’t question a single instinct.”

In addition to quoting “Lighter,” Mayer analyzed “Slab of Butter (Scorpion)”: “‘Self control/ is /notsomething I’m working on” sung heroically and melodically. Come. On.”

“Okay,” he concluded. “I’ll stop tweeting about it now. Comes down to this: This is a masterwork of whack genius. #whackgenius”

Cyrus collaborated with the Flaming Lips and a host of other musicians for Dead Petz and Mayer hits the road with members of the Grateful Dead later this month — so we know the two are open to working with others. Might a Mayer-Cyrus project be on the horizon?

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